Have you ever wondered why the first thing most women do when they get home after a long hard day is take off their bra? Well did you know that 64% of women are wearing the wrong bra? And 24% of those ladies are actually aware of the sizing mistakes they are making. So that means that the majority of us are doing something radically wrong. So what can be done to change this?
Understanding, the right size is one thing and matching it with your body type is another. Our anatomy might be the same but each of us are completely unique, so it is of the utmost importance to be fully aware of your body, and its needs.
The first order of business should be to go for a professional fitting, understand the different types of bras out there and most importantly invest in bra that’s meant for you. In order to shed light on the situation we have broken down the various types of bras and what each one can do for you.
Push-up bras gently push your breasts upwards and move them close together to give you desirable cleavage. They are padded on the under-side of the cups with either silicone gel or foam to lift up the breast tissue and create the illusion of larger, fuller breasts. Based on the thickness of the padding, push-up bras can be categorized into 3 different levels. Level one will give a gentle lift while level two gives you a little bit more with a moderate lift and finally level three – also known as the explosive push-up bra – will provide you with an extreme lift, adding two cup sizes to your bust.
The padded bra is an essential if you are small busted. Padded bras add volume to your bust. It can be underwired for added support or wire-free for all-day comfort, and the padded cups of the bra will prevent any nipple shape from showing through fitted outfits. Additionally the padded bra comes in a variety of shapes and styles with different necklines and coverage’s for different sized breasts.
Perfect for shoulder-baring outfits, the two cups of the strapless bra are held in place by a strong, wired under-band. Considering all the support comes from this band, it is extremely important that you select the right fit. Generally strapless bras will have areas of silicone that will help the bra to brace against your skin and prevent it from sliding down.
A balconette bra is a type of demi cup bra that gives a gentle lift and a rounded appearance to your bust. Cups that form a horizontal neckline and wide set straps allow this delicate style of bra to remain unseen under the widest of necklines.
A bralette is usually unlined, unpadded and wire-free making it a no-fuss bra designed for ease and comfort. What sets them apart from a basic wire-free bra is that there is a sense of fashion over function. Constructed from trendy fabrics in the latest seasons leading colours and topped off with decorative details makes the bralette an extremely chic piece any fashion forward woman will want to own.
T-shirt bras are moulded bras designed for everyday comfort. Engineered to disappear under body-hugging outfits, this bra has seamless contour cups for no-show and gentle support and comes in a variety of silhouettes and styles, from strapless to plunge.
Sports bras are designed to provide maximum support to the breasts during workouts. Created to prevent bounce and hold the bust firm during strenuous movement, these bras are a must-have for every woman who enjoys being active.
A minimizer bra is a gift from above for women who want to reduce the appearance of a larger bust. These bras are engineered to visually reduce the projection and circumference of the chest, by redistributing breast tissue to create the appearance of a smaller bust. They also provide the added benefit of extra support and shaping for a balanced look.
Mastectomy bras are designed for women who’ve undergone a mastectomy without breast reconstruction. They are thoughtfully designed with silicone prosthesis pockets in each cup and incredibly soft fabric that has an anti-microbial finish, making them a comfortable as well as practical option.
Plunge bras are designed so that you can wear low cut outfits without having to show your bra off in public. With a deep center V-line and cups that cut away on the sides, they easily mold to the shape of the breast, plus it boasts wide shoulder straps in order to give extra comfort. This bra will be expertly hidden under low necklines, while giving a fuller appearance to the bust and cleavage.
The convertible bra is another lingerie essential. With its wealth of styles to pick from and detachable straps, this bra is a serious must-have! The detachable straps can be re-arranged in multiple ways by hooking them onto different slots at the front or the back. Now it is possible to have one bra for an array of different outfits!
Seamed bras, also known as cut-and-sew bras, contain carefully constructed cups that are made up of multiple parts. The seamed cups have two key advantages: support and shaping. As the seams make the cups sturdier, they are able to provide better support for heavier breasts. The direction that the seams are sewn in affects how it functions, and a vertical seam, which is almost always present in a three-part cup bra, directs the breast tissue upward, therefore providing incredible lift. Additionally, seams offer one other important function, they reinforce the materials on the cup, thus helping to prevent them from becoming misshapen or stretched out.